June 6, 2019 | Thursday Artist Talk: Doreen Brust Johnson, “A Dream is to Write”

Canadian historical fiction novelist Doreen Brust Johnson tells her story of writing novels while having no formal education beyond grade eleven. She will take you through her early years growing up on a small farm in Saskatchewan to where she is now: a published author with three books titled Walking Barefoot in my Shoes, Sounds in My Shadow, and Momma, Momma, the Preacher’s …

Sept. 5, 2019 | Thursday Artist Talk: Fiona Tang, “Drawing Without Fear”

Fiona Tang’s large animal drawings aim to impress with their sheer size. In her talk, Tang will share her drawing process, including overcoming the initial fear of putting marks on a mural-size blank paper. A prominent technique she uses is trompe l’oeil (meaning “deceives the eye”) to create the illusion that the animals are coming out of the paper. “Through …

Apr. 4, 2019 | Thursday Artist Talk: Indigenous Contemporary Art Intensive, “Sharing Perspectives”

Five local, emerging artists share their perspectives from a Gallery residency. Working in a range of mediums from painting to beadwork and carving, artists Kelsey Sparrow, Naomi Kennedy, Alanna Edwards, Atheana Picha, and Avishka Lakwijaya will discuss their residency in the TechLab last summer, their resulting artworks, and their individual art practices. Along with displaying some of their work, they will present …

Dec. 6, 2018 | Thursday Art Talk: Jordan Strom, “Collecting Art South of the Fraser”

Art by local artists can be repositories for understanding where we live. They provide new perspectives on place, peoples, histories, and possible futures. They add to the stories of a place. But how does a gallery decide on which artists to collect? Surrey Art Gallery curator Jordan Strom discusses the Gallery’s approach to collecting South of Fraser artists. He will also …

Oct. 4, 2018 | Thursday Artist Talk: Hannah Bennett, “Art and the In-Between”

How do you find time to be creative when you’re not working as a full-time artist? This challenge is common to many, including Hannah Bennett. Primarily a printmaker, Bennett works on projects and commissions but isn’t a full-time artist. She asks, “How do I honour my need to explore in the midst of a busy life?” In this illustrated talk, …

Nov. 1, 2018 | Thursday Artist Talk: Wendy Mould, “The Secrets of Graphite”

Have you ever wondered how to create magic with pencil and paper? Learn from local artist Wendy Mould, who has been making fine art with graphite pencils for more than twenty years and is known for her realistic pet portraits. Graphite is the most immediate and sensitive of the drawing media, perfect for making a quick sketch or a finely …

Sept. 6, 2018 | Thursday Artist Talk: Chito Maravilla, “Paintings of an Immigrant”

Join artist Chito Maravilla for an illustrated talk that reflects on his two homes: the Philippines and Canada. An artist in the Philippines before moving to Canada in 2002, Chito Maravilla shares the wonder of his old and new homes through paintings that blend surrealism and expressionism. He says, “My artworks are reflections on having two homes, and they draw …

June 7, 2018 | Thursday Artist Talk: Emilie Mae, “Palette Knife Adventures”

How can you describe love, pain, joy, and heartbreak? So many experiences in life lack adequate words, but perhaps can be expressed through the language of art. Meet visual artist Emilie Mae who will share her practice and motivations as an abstract expressionist painter, as well as her process in creating energetic compositions that involve both intensive planning and spontaneous …

Feb. 7, 2019 | Thursday Artist Talk: Joanne Dennis, “Opening the Doors”

Doors are portals that open us up to curiosity and reflection. Who lives behind them? Where do they lead? What do they represent? Inspired by doors in her travels, Joanne Dennis has created a series of portal paintings for us to discuss and explore. There will be time for questions and conversation following the talk. Refreshments are provided. This event …

Jan. 3, 2019 | Thursday Artist Talk: Eve Lees, “Catch the media’s attention about your art!”

How to Use the News to Promote Your Art Join current editor of The Artist’s Journal Eve Lees for an illustrated talk, “How to Use the News to Promote Your Art.” She’ll show you how to submit a news release and how to design your own ad or poster that will stand out from the crowd! Come as a solo …